by Laurel Lockwood Hourani, PhD, MPH; Anthony Giles Warrack, PhD; Patricia A. Cohen, Department of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Division of Health Sciences, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA. Topics: US Marine Corps, suicide
by Matthew K. MartinThis study models DoD suicides as a Poisson process to detect departures from usual variation using a self-starting control chart scheme. Methods are implemented in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with Visual Basic macros for ease of use. Persistent shifts in the process mean are detected in the following months for each service component.Army: August 1985 (increase), September 1987 (decrease), April 1991 (increase), November 1997 (decrease), and September 2001... Topics: suicide, US Marine Corps
Valerie A. Stander, PhDSusan M. Hilton, MANaval Health Research CenterP.O. Box 85122San Diego, CA 92186-5122CDR Kevin R. Kennedy, MSC, USNNavy Personnel Command5720 Integrity DriveMillington, TN 38055-6010LT Danisha L. Robbins, MSC, USNHeadquarters, United States Marine CorpsManpower and Reserve Affairs3280 Russell RoadQuantico, VA 22134-5103Report 03-05AbstractIn 1999, the Department of the Navy (DoN) began a suicide surveillance program, using the DoN Suicide Incident Report (DONSIR) to... Topics: suicide, US Marine Corps
Chlamydia Affects Unit ReadinessTobacco Cessation Program Success Draws National InterestPreventive Medicine CornerBreast Cancer Awareness, Pre-Screening, Keeps Families Intact Topics: NH Twentynine Palms, US Marine Corps, smoking
NHTP Navy Ball Rocks Palm Springs Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Know the Difference for Best Treatment Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration DSS Staff Bolster Morale, Fitness Topics: NH Twentynine Palms, US Marine Corps
New DFA On BoardFRG Seeks New MembersPreventive Medicine CornerSuicide Prevention Involves Taking Ship Shipmate and Self To HeartIntroducing New Staff -- Welcome Aboard!Don’t Take Tendinitis Lying DownFarewell! May You Have Fair Winds and Following Seas... Topics: NH Twentynine Palms, US Marine Corps, suicide
Bob Daley was sixteen years old when he learned that his brother had been taken prisoner by the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula. Too young to enlist, Bob falsified his birth certificate and joined the Marines. At seventeen, he landed with the 4th Marine Division on Saipan. Carrying a BAR, he stumbled across a T-97 Medium Japanese Tank and took its inhabitants prisoner, which was forbidden by his sergeant because of the danger; out of 25,000 Japanese on Saipan, fewer than 1,000 surrendered.... Topics: WW II, oral history, veterans, US Marine Corps, Saipan, Japanese
HOSPITAL CORPSMAN AWARDED SILVER STARby Navy Journalist Third Class Alan J. FishlederRelease Number 29-69February 14, 1969"You cannot imagine the yellow flames. The sky was filled with fragments," said Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Douglas L. Wean as he began to describe the events leading to his earning the Silver Star Medal, the nation's fourth highest heroism medal. Wean, the 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wean Sr., 206 N. Wesley, Mount Morris, was awarded the... Topics: Silver Star, Vietnam War, Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps
By Chief Hospital Corpsman Carlos Romero, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Cmdr. Sean Barbabella, department head, Emergency Medicine Department, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune/ 2D Marine Division (Forward) surgeon, Afghanistan; interview by Joshua Wick, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs.4th AMSUS Force Health Protection Award: 2D Marine division (Forward) Surgical Staff, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C., Assistance Team. Topics: Afghanistan, US Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Marine Corps Sgt. Mark Fayloga."The standard-issue spectacles, S9s, most widely known as “Birth Control Glasses,” or BCGs, are soon to become a thing of the past. In the coming months, recruits from all branches of service will be issued 5As, a more modern, hipster-chic pair of glasses. While the 5As are inarguably more aesthetically pleasing, they offer very little help as a contraceptive. Also PFLGs (Perfectly Fine-Looking Glasses), or TIGTABCYTPNGs (These? I Got Them At Boot... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, ophthalmology, US Marine Corps
By Lt. Cmdr Shawn Garcia, MD, MPH, Naval Hospital Beaufort."The U.S. military has long been a leader in the prevention of infectious diseases for the purpose of Force Health Protection. A modern success is the adenovirus vaccine, which has proven that a well crafted vaccine given to a targeted, susceptible population can have an enormous impact on their overall health. The intervention of Naval Hospital Beaufort’s Public Health Directorate for U.S. Marine Corps recruits attending initial... Topics: vaccination, US Marine Corps, NH Beaufort, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Shelly S. McDowell, LCSW USNR/USMCR Psychological Health Outreach Program Project Manager."As the Psychological Health Outreach Program (PHOP) Project Manager (PM) for Serco, I work with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps reservists as well as their families to help them adjust to life at homeafter serving overseas." Topics: mental health, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Lt. Ana Soper, PhD, staff neuropsychologist, Naval Hospital Beaufort, S.C."As an active duty Navy neuropsychologist working with those affected by TBI, I’ve developed several tips to help service members and their loved ones during their recovery." Topics: neuropsychology, NH Beaufort, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Hospitalman Marshal F. Reis, 2nd Battalion Aid Station, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C."I arrive at the 2nd Battalion Aid Station (BAS), Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C., at 6:15 a.m. every morning, Monday through Friday, to begin my day. Injured and ill recruits from the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion start arriving 15 minutes later for sick call and we’re ready to go." Topics: Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
Lt. j.g. Brendan Finton, psychology doctoral student, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences."Therapy dogs, on the other hand, provide emotional support and brighten the days of patients of all kinds, to include military veterans.""Within the Marine Corps, there is currently an exceptional retired military working dog, Lucca. Lucca served six years in the United States Marine Corps and during that time she deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan as a Specialized... Topics: US Marine Corps, psychology, Navy Medicine Live Blog
Navy Nurse Corps Celebrates 106th BirthdayNHTP Recognizes Asian/Pacific American HeritageFlag Conditions Color TrainingExercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last Topics: NH Twentynine Palms, US Marine Corps, Nurse Corps
byVeteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative
When Jack Watson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined the Marines during WWII, he was trained as a non-combatant radar technician. But when the war in the Pacific needed men with guns on the islands, Jack found himself invading Iwo Jima. It was tough going. Bloody and traumatic. To this day he barely talks about what he saw and had to do to secure the island from the Japanese. This audio short story is a production of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative. The original... Topics: Veterans, Pittsburgh, WWII, Iwo Jima, US Marine Corps
By Hospitalman Gregory Horsting, Branch Health Clinic, Parris Island, S.C."Working in the Acute Care Area (ACA) at Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Parris Island, S.C., which supports recruit training for the U.S. Marine Corps, is a rewarding yet challenging job for me. Marine Corps boot camp is 13 weeks of physically grueling training. Every morning, I show up at 5:30 a.m. prepared to see just about anything from heat casualties and broken bones to soft tissue injuries and abrasions." Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, BHC Parris Island, US Marine Corps
"Navy Lt. Cmdr. Steve Dundas, chaplain, reflects on his post-traumatic stress disorder and offers hope and inspiration in this new Real Warriors Campaign video." Topics: PTSD, Iraq, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Cpl. Michele Watson, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD), Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan."A few months after joining CLB-1, Stallings deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan where he now serves as the corpsman for 3rd Platoon, Motor Transport Company, CLB-1, 1st MLG (Forward). “It’s an important job,” he said. “I need to be here for [my Marines] no matter what. It’s my job to take care of them and keep them safe.”" Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, Afghanistan, Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps
By Cmdr. Carrie Kennedy, group psychologist, Marine Corps EmbassySecurity Group."Corpsmen have historically done an array of unique jobs in Navy Medicine and supporting Marine Security Guards is no exception." Topics: US Marine Corps, Hospital Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Daniel S. Flaherty, lead petty officer, Crucible Aid Station, Parris Island, S.C./"At 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in the South Carolina Lowcountry, alarm clocks ring for me and nine other Navy corpsmen, beginning our preparation for the final fifty-four hours of United States Marine recruit training, known simply as “The Crucible.” Designed in 1996 to emphasize the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity, the Crucible is the final test in... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, Hospital Corps, Fleet Marine Force, US Marine Corps, training
By Cmdr. Carrie Kennedy, Ph.D., ABPP, neuropsychologist/aerospaceexperimental psychologist, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group."Combat stress and PTSD are VERY different things. Unfortunately, sometimes they look quite similar which makes them somewhat complicated. By definition, combat stress is an expected and predictable reaction to combat experiences. PTSD, on the other hand, refers to a psychiatric disorder which impairs functioning. It is considered very serious whereas combat... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, PTSD, military medicine, stress, US Marine Corps, psychology
While on break from school, my cousin, who was a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Navy corpsman, talked to me about his experiences and opportunities in the Navy and convinced me to join in 2008. Shortly after I joined, my cousin told me he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for some time and now that I had some experience under my belt he felt more comfortable talking about it with me. This lesson in coping would become very important for me in my own journey serving as a... Topics: Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps, Afghanistan, Fleet Marine Force, Navy Medicine Live Blog
The entire collection consists of a mug, photographs, and papers from Zelma “Suzie” Coyle, who served as a nurse on the USS Haven (AH-12) hospital ship during the Korean War. Scanned and online here are instructions to medical officers upon joining the Haven, her letters home to her mother and her photographs. 72 items are available on this page, one of which is a listing of the photographs as a pdf file - "Coyle collection photo captions" Topics: USS Haven (AH-12), hospital ship, Korean War, Nurse Corps, nursing, US Marine Corps
By Captain Matthew Kutilek, U.S. Marine Corps"My corpsman’s actions that day initiated an 18-month immersion into Navy Medicine with repeated visits to vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, pain management, neurology, physical therapy and even dermatology! The ridiculous amount of trauma caused by one solitary bullet has thus far resulted in a seven-week stay at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., 10 surgeries, 100-plus physical therapy appointments and countless followup... Topics: Afghanistan, US Marine Corps, military medicine, Hospital Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Petty Officer 2nd Class John O’Neill Herrera, Naval Medical Center San Diego Public Affairs. Topics: rehabilitation, sports, Paralympics, US Marine Corps, Warrior Games, NMC San Diego, Navy Medicine...
By Lt. Yaron G. Rabinowitz, Lt. Russell P. Balmer, Lt. Darren Norris, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Justin Seabrook, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Stephen Windle, and Hospitalman Samuel Malone, 2D Marine Regiment, 2D Marine Division OSCAR TEAM."Recent experience has demonstrated that traditional paradigms of mental health treatment are not sufficient to attenuate the escalating numbers of suicides and adverse outcomes in operational commands. Rather, effective risk surveillance practices must... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, suicide, Hospital Corps, mental health, US Marine Corps
By Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Redmond Ramos."While running to render care to a Marine who had been injured by an improvised explosive device (IED), I also stepped on an IED, which severely injured my right leg. I was sent to Balboa Hospital in San Diego with the expectation that I would have my right leg amputated." Topics: Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps, Afghanistan, prosthetics, Navy Medicine Live Blog, Warrior Games
By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Justin P. Schneider, Naval Expeditionary Medical Training InstituteOne of the greatest opportunities I have had in my naval career has been to serve as a hospital corpsman assigned with Marines as a company line corpsman. I am trusted to treat and care for Marines on a daily basis.From a training evolution, to combat operations treating wounded service members from gunshot wounds, to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by explosive blast, the demands are... Topics: US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog, Hospital Corps, training, Naval Expeditionary Medical...
By Retired Capt. Chuck Rhodes, head, Preventive Medicine Dept. and Lt. j.g. Firdous Halwany, assistant head, Preventive Medicine Dept."Each summer, Marines, their families, and pets at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune face a common enemy – the tick! The hot, humid summer weather, abundance of forest and thick underbrush, coupled with a thriving wild deer population all contribute to the perfect environment for ticks to breed, feed, and thrive." Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Camp Lejeune, US...
By Cmdr. Carrie Kennedy, Neuropsychologist/Aerospace ExperimentalPsychologist, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group."Navy neuropsychology has undergone massive changes in the past ten years. From a community that regularly maintained only three to four active duty neuropsychologists at a time to one in which we haven’t been able to procure and grow enough, we have been a much-needed clinical specialty in order to meet the needs of the warfighter." Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, neuropsychology, US Marine Corps, neurology, military medicine
By Lt. Melinda Villarreal MS RD LD, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune."I am a Navy Dietitian, stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Energy drinks have been fast growing hot topics. The idea to consume energy drinks has been increasingly desirable with those seeking more energy from working long hours or simply more energy for performance. Whatever your reasons may be, being knowledgeable on the adverse effects is important to consider and learning about healthier alternatives is... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, dietitian, Camp Lejeune, US Marine Corps, nutrition
By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Laura Martinez, Force Master Chief and director, U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, Bureau of Medicine andSurgery (BUMED)"Across all services September is recognized as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. While suicide numbers in the military tend to be lower than their civilian counterparts, suicides within all branches have increased. This disconcerting trend has prompted leaders within the Department of Defense to reemphasize the importance of service... Topics: US Marine Corps, suicide, Fleet Marine Force, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Navy Lt. Marc Calestini, Internal Medicine Department, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Calif. "With the Navy Medicine adoption of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Port, primary care is becoming more and more a team effort. One place where this is strikingly apparent is with the Wounded Warrior Program at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. As the Wounded Warrior Medical Officer, I function as a primary care doctor. Although my patient load is limited to the 200 or so Wounded Warriors on... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, Medical Home Port, NH Camp Pendleton, US Marine Corps
By Capt. Tom Johnson, director, Intrepid Spirit Brain Recovery Center, Camp LejeuneEditor’s Note: We wrap up Brain Injury Awareness Month with a note from the director of the Marine and Sailor Concussion Recovery Center. A board certified neurologist, Capt. Johnson has deployed to Iraq with the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned to evaluate the care provided to service members with possible traumatic brain injury. He has published a number of papers on traumatic brain injury, as well as... Topics: neurology, Iraq, TBI, US Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Barbara Lyon, Naval Medical Center San Diego volunteer yoga instructor."I found that there was an existing interest in providing yoga classes atNMCSD. The USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion-West Detachment was supportive of the idea from the beginning. Betty Michalewicz from the NMCSD Health and Wellness Department was looking for a teacher to begin classes for wounded warriors in the Balboa Warrior Athlete Program (BWAP)." Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, NMC San Diego, US Marine Corps, yoga, physical therapy
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Jones, Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Parris Island, S.C."The moment a recruit steps off the bus at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C., the first thing they see is a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor “welcoming” them to the island as they begin their transformation from civilian to United States Marine. At some point within the next 48 hours, that recruit, along with several hundred of his or her new shipmates, arrives at Branch Health... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, BHC Parris Island, Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps, optometry
U.S. Navy photos by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public AffairsThe Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course provides Sailors and Marines with knowledge and skills to provide medical care in a combat environment. Casualty care on the battlefield must be the best possible combination of good small-unit tactics and good medicine. This includes the initial, pre-hospital care for brain injury — the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal function of the brain.... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, tbi, Hospital Corps, US Marine Corps, military medicine
By Lt. Luis Concepcion, OSCAR Psychologist, 3rd Marine Division."Officially I was the first greenside psychologist assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), a Marine Air-Ground Task Force specializing in amphibious operations in the Asia-Pacific region, during their spring 2014 float to South Korea. Unofficially, I was the only psychologist for the 31st MEU and the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), including the crews, blueside and greenside, of the USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR),... Topics: Fleet Marine Force, US Marine Corps, psychology, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Lt. Ian Lang, internist, Naval Hospital Beaufort."Parris Island in S.C. is home to one of two U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Depots (MCRD), where approximately 20,000 Marine recruits train annually. While this training includes the familiar ropes, bars, and inclined walls, there is another, much more subtle obstacle to the training process: the recruit blood screen. Of the several tests which Marine recruits undergo, perhaps none is as complex an issue as the screen for sickle cell... Topics: sickle cell disease, NH Beaufort, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Mai Thao Pham, 1st DentalBattalion/Naval Dental Center, Camp Pendleton, Calif.*Editor’s note: In support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Navy Medicine Live blog will feature three “Sailor in the Spotlight” to highlight the great work that our Sailors are doing to support the Navy and Marine Corps team. Topics: Hospital Corps, 1st Dental Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, US Marine Corps, dentistry, Navy Medicine...
By Karen Muchowski, MD, FAAFP – Family Medicine Residency, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton & Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences."As a Family Practitioner at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP), I divide my time between patient care and being a faculty member for the Family Medicine Residency program. Here at the NHCP Family Medicine and Internal Medicine departments we take care of 1,000 active duty members and 19,000 dependents, many of whom... Topics: telemedicine, pain, NH Camp Pendleton, US Marine Corps, Navy Medicine Live Blog
By Capt. Gerald Cox, Force Surgeon, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command and the Fleet Surgeon for the U.S. Fifth Fleet."This week I had the honor of presiding at the final Navy Change of Command and Transfer of Authority ceremony at Expeditionary Medical Facility-Kuwait (EMF-K) during which Navy Capt. Dick Turner, NC, was relieved by Army Col. Joe Robinson, MC, USA, commander ofthe Army’s 325th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). On this momentousoccasion Nov 3., the Navy’s seven... Topics: Navy Medicine Live Blog, Camp Arifjan, Expeditionary Medical Facility-Kuwait, US Marine Corps,...
byU.S. Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC)
Abstracts of the following articles:Prospective trajectories of PTSD in deployed MarinesPositive affect associated with decreases in anxiety, depression, andPTSDBlood-based biomarkers associated with diagnosis of PTSD in MarinesVeterans receiving Prolonged Exposure with hydrocortisoneaugmentation show positive outcomesVeterans with PTSD at higher risk for autoimmune disordersAmong veterans with PTSD, personality traits may help predict types of comorbid disordersAUDIT, PCL-C and K10 show good... Topics: Australia, US Marine Corps, Brain injuries, Stress Disorders Post-Traumatic, depression,...